News ID: 273103
Published: 0708 GMT August 18, 2020

Iran to build giant port along southern coasts

Iran to build giant port along southern coasts

Iran is planning to build a giant port along the coast of Makran, south of Sistan and Baluchestan province in southeast of the country, a senior official at Iran’s Port and Maritime Organization (PMO) has said.

Mohammad Rastad, managing director of PMO, referred to the strategic position of Makran coasts, along the Sea of Oman, saying, the new port will be established to increase Iran’s marine traffic in international waters and the oceans.

"Makran coastline can play a special role in the future of marine exchanges,” Rastad said on Monday, according to Mehr News Agency (MNA).

Makran is a semi-desert coastal strip in the south of Sistan and Baluchestan, in Pakistan and Iran, along the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.

Noting that the Iranian ports have an aggregate capacity to handle 246 million tons of goods per year, the PMO head said, the figure is projected to rise to 286 million tons by the end of the Sixth Five-Year Development Plan (2017-22).

Rastad added, “PMO plans to build 83 new cargo vessels to join the country’s cargo fleet.”

"One of the major activities of the PMO is to build 83 vessels by domestic manufacturers with an estimated investment of 240 million euros,” he said.

Resource: MNA
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